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SF water repairs close parts of Sawyer Camp Trail through July

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  • 5/31 Peninsula Examiner
    Published Thursday, May 31, 2007, in the Peninsula Examiner Repairs partially close popular path By Edward Carpenter ecarpenter@examiner.com Millbrae --
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      Published Thursday, May 31, 2007, in the Peninsula Examiner

      Repairs partially close popular path

      By Edward Carpenter
      ecarpenter@...

      Millbrae -- Peninsula runner Mark Haesloop, once a regular marathoner,
      will have to cut his runs along Sawyer Camp Trail short for the next
      month as the path is rebuilt and new stormwater drainage culverts are
      constructed alongside it.

      The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has closed down a
      portion of the popular recreation trail for a month to rebuild and
      stabilize the path. The trail, which sees about 25,000 visitors
      monthly, provides access to the San Andreas Dam in the Crystal Springs
      Reservoir.

      Approximately a mile of the trail, from Hillcrest Drive in Millbrae
      south to the dam, will be closed until the last Friday of July, PUC
      spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.

      An agreement between the county and the PUC requires the trail work to
      be complete and the trail fully restored before the 33-mile Tour de
      Peninsula bicycle race on Aug. 5, Barry said.

      The project is estimated to cost about $860,000, Barry said. The
      maintenance work to rebuild the road and improve drainage culverts is
      separate from the PUC's $4.3 billion retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy
      water system, which includes the Crystal Springs watershed. The
      system delivers water to 2.4 million Bay Area residents.

      "Given the nature of the work [at Sawyer Camp Trail], we didn't want
      to create any hazards to bicyclists, pedestrians, etc., so we decided
      to close the trail during construction," Barry said.

      "I understand why they're going to do it, but it's going to be an
      inconvenience," Haesloop said.

      He suggested runners looking for longer trails to try Edgewood and
      Huddard parks, or the San Andreas Trial that starts across the street
      from the northern Sawyer Camp Trail entrance and winds its way to San
      Bruno.

      While runners, bicyclists and pedestrians won't be able to access the
      trail from the north entrance at Hillcrest and Skyline boulevards from
      7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Millbrae, about five miles of the trial will be
      open and accessible through the south entrance at Skyline and Crystal
      Springs Road in San Mateo, said David Moore, county parks
      superintendent.

      The tour raises between $10 million and $30 million annualy for the
      county parks department, said county Parks and Recreation Foundation
      Executive Director Julia Bott.
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